Melvin Brooks

Melvin Brooks

The Rev. Melvin Brooks will be installed as Fairfield Baptist Church’s new pastor on April 22.

Brooks, who has been a pastor for 37 years and an evangelist for more than 30 years, will be installed at 3 p.m. He is only the sixth pastor of the 133-year-old church.

He succeeds the Rev. Michael Benton, who served from 1977 to 2017.

Brooks, who was born in the Mississippi Delta, was the founder and pastor of the Center of Love Baptist Church in Chicago for 20 years before relocating to Buffalo, N.Y., to pastor Cedar Grove Baptist Church. 

He is a father, grandfather, and has been married to Dorise Brooks for 36 years. 

Fairfield Baptist Church is at 6133 Redan Road in Lithonia. 

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